Various species of banak (Virola) occur throughout tropical America from Belize and Guatemala southward to Venezuela, the Guianas and northern Brazil. These species are very closely related to cuangare (Dialyanthera), and they are often mixed in the trade. The sapwood is a creamy color, and it may be difficult to distinguish from the heartwood. The wood is straight grained with a medium texture and has good machining properties. It finishes well and is very durable, although it is not resistant to insects.
Dried mullet from this species is sold in the Markets of Bohol as “Marka Hipon.” It is eaten fried, prito, grilled or stuffed. It is salty and goes well with steamed rice.